Architecture

Augustus Fountain in Augsburg

The first of Augsburg's magnificent fountains, the Augustusbrunnen, was built between 1588 and 1594.   It was modelled by Hubert Gerhard (ca. 1540-1620) and finally cast in bronze by the city foundryman Peter Wagner († ca. 1595). The central, 250-centimetre-high...

Olivier Messiaen – a blackbird for the flutist

I probably don't think of any other composer as often as I think of Messiaen in my daily life - at least not with this regularity, which has lasted for years. His piece Le merle noir is practically in my head as soon as I set foot outside. We live in the country and...

The Palazzo Ducale in Venice and the Palazzo della Signoria in Florence

Venice and Florence are certainly among the highlights of a tour of Italy. Both cities grew massively in size, wealth and power, especially in the late Middle Ages, and were among the most important metropolises in Europe during the Renaissance. The gigantic dome of...

Calvaries and churchyards in Brittany

In Brittany, i.e. in the north-west of France, there are these wonderful, legendary and usually very picturesque enclos parroissiaux. Such enclosed parishes deliberately separate themselves from the outside world.   Most of them are located (roughly speaking)...
Gripsholm Castle

Gripsholm Castle

Around 1380, the Swedish Imperial Councillor and landowner Bo Jonsson, a member of the Grip family, who had acquired a...

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The Biskaya Bridge

The Biskaya Bridge

In the northern Spanish province of Bizkaia, more precisely above the river that separates the municipality of...

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Rialto Bridge

Rialto Bridge

Venice, La Serenissima, Queen of the Adriatic, city of masks and love. Venice, today for many only the city of the...

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English Garden

English Garden

"England's pre- or pre-Romanticism begins in the middle of the 18th century and is predominantly literary and related...

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Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

In order to present the British products in direct comparison with their international competitors and to show the...

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Gloriette Vienna

Gloriette Vienna

The word "Gloriette" refers to a building in a garden that is located on an elevated site. The largest and most famous...

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Canals

Canals

In the early 17th century Amsterdam was the third largest city in Europe and undisputedly the financial centre of the...

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Red House

Red House

The Arts and Crafts Movement was an art movement that originated in 19th century England and lasted until the end of...

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